Virtual Event: COVID-19 and care homes – What went wrong and why?
‘Conversations on Care’ series / Health and Care InitiativeThursday 21 May 2020 18:00 to 19:00
Professor Mary Daly, Governing Body Fellow, Green Templeton College and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
Part of the Care Initiative.
*This seminar will now be online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared with those registered (below) ahead of the event.*
As the plight of care homes in the UK continues to worsen, Professor Daly’s talk reviews policy responses to COVID-19 to date, especially comparing policy on care homes with that on the NHS, looking especially at the timeline and the policy content. The story will be shown to be one of an already neglected and under-valued sphere downgraded for policy intervention and support. The explanation lies in structural factors – the separation of social care and health into two systems and years of austerity – but also political and cultural factors whereby the NHS is viewed as a national treasure whereas social care is treated as a national burden.
Professor Mary Daly is a Governing Body Fellow of Green Templeton College and a member of the Fellowship Committee. She is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. In the context of COVID-19 she is undertaking analysis of ‘what went wrong with social care in the pandemic’. She is researching this specifically in the UK but is also involved with international colleagues comparing social care-related developments in the UK with those in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
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